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  1. Bargaining update - June 2014

    Posted 23 June 2014 by Grahame McCulloch (NTEU National Office)

    There has been intense activity at several Branches over the last few months, with industrial action reported in the last edition of Advocate at the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland (UQ) resulting in finalised Agreements. More recently, staff have taken action at University of Technology, Sydney, Macquarie University and Navitas (La Trobe) in pursuit of fair Agreements.

    Agreements completed and close

    Staff at Monash University and UQ were set to be balloted at the time of writing, with the Agreements delivering annual pay rises of 3% and 3.1% respectively.

    Other Agreements that have been approved, or are before Fair Work Commission for approval, include the University of New England, Flinders University, University of South Australia, University of Western Sydney, La Trobe University and QUT.  The Macquarie University Academic Staff Agreement has also been finalised.

    The Bargaining State of Play table shows an overview of pay and conditions achieved in all completed

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  2. Bluestocking Week 2014: Crossing the Line

    Posted 23 June 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    This year’s Bluestocking Week theme is ‘Crossing the Line’. How could it be otherwise? The line has been crossed already, not by us but by the Abbott Coalition Government and their advocates and supporters, who are seeking to wind back the clock as they actively attack pro-women and feminist policies and perspectives. We cannot stand on the sideline, but have to cross the line ourselves.

    Last year, we focused on what the future may hold as it looked like the outcome of the federal election would be a neo-conservative Coalition Government.  

    The National Union of Students (NUS) announced early last year that ‘Our bluestockings are on the line.’ NTEU responded in August arguing that we must ‘hold the line’, defending equity and accessibility in universities, highlighting the value of education in a progressive society, and underlining the need to maintain a quality higher education sector through appropriate levels of public

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  3. 70 per cent of Australians against higher university fees

    Posted 16 June 2014 by Matthew McGowan (NTEU National Office)

    Polling commissioned by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) shows that 70% of Australians oppose university fee increases for students and that higher education reforms are one of the most unpopular measures in the budget.

    The figures confirm that the community are angry about the broken election commitment not to alter university funding arrangements, as well as policies that would see students from poorer backgrounds locked out of quality education.

    “These are budget measures that Christopher Pyne and the Government kept secret before the election for a reason,” said Jeannie Rea, NTEU National

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  4. Budget plans summarised in set of slides

    Posted 3 June 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    NTEU has produced a set of slides for members which summarise the Government's Budget plans for higher education and research.

    It is a long document that has developed since the Budget announcements as the NTEU analyses have been rolling out and we have been talking with members on campuses.

    Members are welcome to use the file to communicate about the Budget, but please attribute to NTEU. The slide set will continue to be

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  5. Mid-year enrolments and the Budget

    Posted 3 June 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Mid-year university enrolment is now open. Year 12 students are about to fill out tertiary education preferences. But what fees will they be paying come 2016 and what will they have to pay in interest on a HELP loan?

    These are the questions tens of thousands of Australian families are asking. Over the weekend there were several media reports of Year 12 students expressing their concerns about the extreme rise in the cost of undertaking a university degree if the Abbott Government’s higher education Budget changes are adopted by

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  6. edXpress #14 (June 2014) out now

    Posted 2 June 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    The June 2014 issue of edXpress, NTEU's free monthly e-newsletter, is out now - view it here.

    This issue is dominated by the ramifications of the Abbott Government's Federal Budget, specifically the ...

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  7. Condemnation of coup in Thailand

    Posted 2 June 2014 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    NTEU calls for release of all academics and students detained by the military junta

     The National Tertiary Education Union condemns the latest military coup d’etat in Thailand on 22 May ...

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  8. Media Release: Pyne and Age of Inequity

    Posted 2 June 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    2 JUNE 2014

     Pyne’s “Age of Inequity” for higher education

    NTEU analysis released today shows the Government’s proposed changes to higher education funding and ...

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    Fact Sheet
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    Age of Inequity

  9. CQU Branch Newsletter -June 2014 out now!

    Posted 29 May 2014 by Dan Coughlan (Central Queensland University)

    Some issues that have emerged over the last few months that we focus on in this newsletter are the Federal Budget 2014; the rollout of the academic workloads and the related issues on the metro ...

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    Newsletter
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    CQU Branch Newsletter -June 2014

    June 2014 Newsletter includes articles on Federal Budget 2014; Labour Day march 2014, Health and Safety report; Farewell to Jim McAllister; and much more

  10. Media Release: Cost and Debt Shifting

    Posted 29 May 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    NTEU Media Release

    NTEU analysis released today shows that the Abbott Government is shifting debt and costs away from the government and onto students.

    Crucially, it shows that the level of debt students will owe the government will exceed the Australian government’s net debt sometime in the early 2020s as a result of their higher education changes.

    NTEU National President, Jeannie Rea said this was cost shifting on a grand

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